Whilst thinning out the water lettuce yesterday I discovered that my sparkling gourami had spawned(I was convinced I had two males so this is a bit of a surprise). I picked up the bubble nest (which was attached to a water lettuce leaf) but put it back in the water. The male is guarding the nest, and the female is garding the rest of the tank. She is a fierce momma and has been chasing all my chili rasboras. The poor chili's don't know what hit them. They have found a few hiding spaces, but I'm sure they aren't too happy. Does anyone know about the breeding cycle of the sparkling gourami? How long from hatching until the fry are free swimming? Once they are free swimming will the parents stop being so territorial? I don't really want fry but if some survive I'm sure the independent LFS by me would take them. I always feed live food to my tank (most microworms and grindal worms) so who knows the fry may thrive.